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St. Etheldreda's

Ely Place | Holborn Circus, London EC1, England
+44 20 7405 1061
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beautiful spiritual oasis

oldest Catholic chapel in London - many locals come for the 1 p.m. daily Mass, which is open to the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Allendale, New Jersey
a beautiful church

a beautiful church, very historical, located in a small square close to Smithfield, has a very... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Brussels, Belgium
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Ely Place | Holborn Circus, London EC1, England
+44 20 7405 1061
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

oldest Catholic chapel in London - many locals come for the 1 p.m. daily Mass, which is open to the public

Thank NJ_Bobcat
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

a beautiful church, very historical, located in a small square close to Smithfield, has a very special atmosphere, would recommend visiting

Thank R H
Reviewed 18 December 2017

It's worth reading up on their website before visiting this interesting and historic church. Beautiful architecture, lovely stained glass windows and lots of history. Tucked away between Regency/Georgian houses in Ely Place. We visited for a wedding with reception in the church crypt - magical!!

Thank John F
Reviewed 9 November 2017

While searching for a church to attend mass on All Saints' Day, I came across St Etheldreda's. A church dedicated to my 'patron saint'! What's more, it's the oldest Catholic church in England. It's a beautiful little church of ancient stone with gorgeous stained glass...More

Thank Audrey63
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

Discovered this beautiful church during lunchtime explorations of the Farringdon area. Although signposted, it's 'hidden' in Ely Place. The downstairs room was full of diners on my first visit, so couldn't be entered. That treat came later. The church upstairs was open however and is...More

Thank Gakeitse
Reviewed 27 May 2017

This restored Romanesque church has lovely stained glass depicting the martyrs. It was damaged in the war and rebuilt in the 1950s.

1  Thank teenasan3
Reviewed 24 March 2017

Visited St Etheldreda`s as part of a day out in London, what an absolute gem, If you are in this part of London it is a real must, half an hour is enough to see this very beautiful Chapel, the glass is amazing, if you...More

1  Thank Peter P
Reviewed 16 February 2017

was invited to attend a little do here by a company we utilise as a celebration. It is very difficult to find some where with the OOWW factor, well this definitely has it. The presence and the feel of the surrounds are amazing, the staff...More

Thank colin h
Reviewed 29 November 2016

Hidden away in Ely Place is this beautiful Catholic Church. It is almost always open. It has lovely modern stained glass and statues of Catholic Martyrs. It has an a unique atmosphere. It's a short walk to Smithfield where many of the Catholic and even...More

3  Thank KAW687
Reviewed 20 July 2016

The ancient church is perfect for mass with accompanying music -- much as it was intended when the building was constructed several hundred years ago. Likewise the stained glass, carved wooden details, and stonework harken to its long and storied past.

1  Thank Pro698
Inner London’s busiest streets crisscross quiet
cobbled lanes for an effect that can be urbane or
quaint – or an intriguing blend of both – depending on
the particular corner you turn. Due to its especially
convenient location, bustling Holborn hosts an
excellent range of hotels, eateries, and shops to suit
practically any taste or budget. With major
attractions like the British Museum and Somerset House
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The church's website does not mention this. It does mention that Henry VIII visited Ely Palace with Catherine of Aragon. It would be unlikely that he married in this chapel. Bishop West of Ely opposed the divorce from... More